In these roles, Dr. Furney will focus his efforts on nurturing and developing the Charlotte campus of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, which is scheduled to open in July of 2025. He will lead a highly matrixed team of individuals to further the school’s footprint and activities in education and research in the Charlotte market.
Dr. Furney is a general internist whose expertise is in faculty development, medical education, and developing effective academic structure and culture. As a clinician, he sees high complexity consultations as referrals when diagnoses have remained elusive. As an educator, he focused on history and physical examination as tools to develop sharp clinical reasoning. He has been recognized over his career with numerous teaching awards and was named the North Carolina Laureate of the American College of Physicians in 2019.
His prior roles include Medical Director of the Faculty Physician Network, where he was responsible for the clinical mission and physician compensation within the faculty practice in Charlotte. He Chaired the Atrium Health Quality, Safety, and Patient Experience Committee from 2017 to 2022, helping to align the system’s quality and safety priorities with resources and incentives to improve the quality of care.
Dr. Furney received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan, in the accelerated seven-year Inteflex program. After completing internship, residency, and his chief residency at Michigan, he joined the faculty there in 1997 before moving to Charlotte with his family in 2002. He completed his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Isenberg School of Management.